Friends of Dieter Brummer say Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown was the “last straw” for the late Home and Away actor.
Brummer died last Saturday, prompting an outpouring of emotion from family, friends and fans.
Watch one of Dieter Brummer’s final interviews in the video above
Brummer had been out of the acting spotlight for many years, despite being a household name in the 1990s.
Recently he had worked as a window-washer, but work had begun to dry up during Sydney’s lockdown.
Brummer’s last Facebook post, on July 15, was to thank a friend for securing him some work, according to MailOnline.
“It’s been a long time since I rescued you and you have finally returned the favour,” Brummer wrote.
“I am looking forward to a future working high above COVID which is ‘apparently’ ‘ravaging’ Sydney (sic).”
‘Excited and grateful’
But Brummer, 45, had only a few days on the job before lockdown stopped construction work.
Brummer’s body was found at his parents’ Glenhaven home on July 24, a week after the restrictions were announced.
“He was really excited and really grateful about the job,” his employer said.
“The lockdown took the wind out of his sails.”
The actor’s mother Dawn, 84, said he had been struggling financially for some time.
Dawn Brummer is planning to write a biography about her son to help anyone who might be struggling with mental health issues.
“At the moment I am writing a book on his life, all the details of his frame of his mind will be included in that,” she said.
“His friends are helping me.
‘The lockdown took the wind out of his sails.’
“And I’m hoping that the book will help people who are suffering from a depressed state of mind.
“That’s filling my life now, I’m just writing, writing, writing.”
Brummer played Shane Parrish on Home and Away between 1992 and 1996, becoming a heartthrob in the process.
He won two Gold Logies for Most Popular Actor, in 1995 and 1996.
But in later interviews, he admitted to being uncomfortable in the spotlight at such a young age.
He continued to act – most notably in Underbelly and Medevac – but had retreated from TV screens in recent years.
In an interview with TV Tonight he explained he enjoyed a stint as a high-rise window cleaner.
“As great as it was I wanted to prove to myself I could get my hands dirty and sweat for a buck as easily as standing around on set, being primped and preened,” he said.
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